Walt Weiss and the Colorado Rockies descend upon Cincinnati today to begin a three game series, and while those jerks wouldn't let me on the team plane, I reluctantly agreed to let them go on without me. Sorry, ladies of the Cincinnati area.
The Rockies have, in large part, been exactly the kind of team we expected them to be when healthy. They're scoring a ton of runs (275, to be exact, which is tops in the NL), they're allowing a lot of runs (244, an even 44 runs more than Reds pitching has allowed), and they're winning a tad bit more than they're losing while firmly entrenched in the thick of the NL West race. WHile the Rockies currently sit in 3rd place in the NL West, they're just 2.5 games behind Arizona, and their +31 run differential is actually tops in the division.
The superstar combination of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez has been every bit as dominant as predicted, but they're actually being led in OPS and SLG by Michael Cuddyer (1.034). Throw in the fact that Dexter Fowler has continued to produce from the top of the lineup, and it's easy to see why this team also leads the NL in team OPS at .770 (the Reds currently sit in 4th at .734).
Bryan Kilpatrick from Purple Row and I exchanged some Q's and A's about each squad on the eve of their series. I'll list Bryan's interview below, and you can read mine later today over at Purple Row.
I might be the wrong guy to ask considering I don't even live in Colorado. However, I don't know if there's a great baseball bar. I think Jackson's (right across 20th Street from Coors Field) is good for that, and I'm pretty fond of the Sports Column, but I don't know that most people would necessarily agree. If a great beer selection makes up for a lack of a good "baseball atmosphere," Falling Rock Taphouse would be my recommendation.
Thanks again to Bryan for pitching in on short notice. If you're a tweeter, be sure to follow Purple Row (@PurpleRow), as those folks do great work.